Telling Stories competition winner Zak Kelly is congratulated by Kelly Dunham, Professor Emeritus Gary Crew and Mooloolaba Rotary vice president Graham Lukins. Picture: Alan Ward
Telling Stories competition winner Zak Kelly is congratulated by Kelly Dunham, Professor Emeritus Gary Crew and Mooloolaba Rotary vice president Graham Lukins. Picture: Alan Ward

Creative students tell stories worthy of high praise

A Coast school student’s creative writing skills have won him praise and prizes in a competition which highlights the talent of the Coast’s story tellers.

Immanuel Lutheran College Year 9 student Zak Kelly was the overall winner of the Mooloolaba Rotary’s Telling Stories competition.

Zak’s story was one of 178 entries received from more than 40 schools across Years 4 to 9. He was awarded the Professor Gary Crew Trophy and $150 cash.

Telling Stories is in its fifth year and is a partnership between Mooloolaba Rotary, the Creative Writing Program, University of the Sunshine Coast and Voices on the Coast.

The competition judges were all published authors and they found the entries innovative and inspiring.

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The included members of the university’s creative writing team Dr Ginna Brock, Sara Hutchinson, Natasha Elyssa Turgoose, Janet Lee, Dr Jay Ludowyke, Dr Paul Williams and Professor Emeritus Gary Crew, who made the final selection.

“Although Zak deservedly won, all the students who participated in the competition are winners,” Mooloolaba Rotary vice president Graham Lukins said.

“We are delighted with the success of the competition and appreciate the support of so many schools and their teachers.”

Author and competition judge Dr Jay Ludowyke was on hand to provide feedback and writing tips to the budding authors.

St Andrew’s Anglican College head of thinking and learning enrichment Jillian Green was on hand to receive the perpetual trophy for the winning school.

The winners in each year level who received a medal and $50 in cash were:

Grade 4: Lachie Jenner (St Andrew’s Anglican College)

Grade 5: Caleb Ruthenberg (Kurwongbah State School)

Grade 6: Noah Bell (Caloundra State School)

Grade 7: Gr Milla Damsgaard (Immanuel Lutheran College)

Grade 8: Jakson Guy (Australian Christian College)

Grade 9: Zak Kelly (Immanuel Lutheran College)


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